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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Cumbrian woman beaten by ex-partner speaks out

This was the aftermath of an attack by a Penrith man on his former partner.

Joy Sayers photo
Joy Sayers

Victim Joy Sayers, 38, who was left covered in bruises, agreed to be photographed to bring home to the public the appalling reality of domestic violence - and to encourage other women to not suffer in silence.

Michael Jacques, 50, of Sandgate, Penrith, has now been given a suspended 140 day jail term after he admitted assault by beating.

Carlisle Magistrates Court heard how on March 7 police were called by a member of the public to a report an ongoing domestic assault, at Raiselands Croft, Penrith.

It was a sustained attack against his ex-partner Miss Sayers, from Penrith, leaving her with facial bruising, loss of hair, and scratches and grazes to her arms, legs, and forehead.

Speaking today, she said: “I'd like to take this opportunity to encourage anyone who has experienced domestic abuse to come forward so that they can seek justice, and hopefully reduce the risk of it happening to another woman.

“The violence was awful.

"But the hardest part for me has been the aftermath. Some people in Penrith have accused me of lying and a number of so called friends have taken his side. I never expected this kind of reaction to being assaulted, and the last few months have been incredibly difficult for me.

“But I was determined to see him prosecuted as what he did to me was completely wrong, particularly as our young sons were in the house at the time.

"Although I'd never say anything negative to them about their father, it is important to me that they do not grow up believing that violence is acceptable.

“This is the first time I have ever experienced anything like this – the physical violence was completely out of the blue.

"It was such a shock and I was really scared to talk to the police about it. However I would like to urge women in a similar position to report violence in the home as no one should have to accept it as part of their life.”

Detective constable Cath McFadden, the officer in the case, said: “I'm pleased that Jacques has been punished for his actions.

"Domestic violence will not be tolerated in Cumbria – no one should have to live in fear in their own homes. I would encourage anyone who has any concerns to get in touch; all reports will be dealt with sensitively and professionally.”

Anyone who would like to report domestic violence should call Cumbria police on 101, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always call 999.

Jacques' jail term was suspended for a year.

He was also pay his victim £150 compensation, and pay £190 prosecution costs and complete 60 hours unpaid work.

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